The world’s first bachelor’s degree in sleep studies will be launched this fall — at UNC.
Despite being in its early stages of establishment, the neurodiagnostics and sleep science degree program has already seen demand from students seeking to become managers of sleep labs. The labs study the sleep disorders.
The program is being offered by UNC-Charlotte, although 27 of the program’s 38 credit hours will be instructed by UNC-CH faculty, said Mary Wells, the program’s director.
While several associate degrees are offered in the field, there are no other sleep studies bachelor’s degrees offered in the country.
Wells said a statewide survey found that 73 percent of sleep disorder centers accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine are having difficulty recruiting people with the correct skill sets for management positions.